"The fear of uncertainty."
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted April 6, 2018
Dystopian | Young Adult Adventure
STRANGE FIRE by Tommy Wallach is a young adult fantasy novel.
This book is quite a detour from Wallach's normal books.
STRANGE FIRE will take you on an earthshaking revelation of
what happens to the survivors of an asteroid.
I really enjoyed
reading this story and getting to know the characters along the
way. Wallach has really invested a lot of time and research
with the characters development. They have a three dimensional
quality to them that adds depth. You will see them evolve along
with the story line as you follow their journey. Each chapter
brings a new perspective to the events and everything that is
happening within a new world of unknowns. The variety of
setting locations and communities within each location that the
characters visit helps to add a mystery for the unknown with
each location having their own belief system or traditions. The
map at the beginning of STRANGE FIRE helps you to easily
imagine what the world might just look like.
I found this novel
to be well developed with an intriguing theme. Wallach
world that is new to the reader and well planned out for the
story line. Some of the characters and scenes are relatable or
realistic while others are over the top and exciting. STRANGE
FIRE is a fast paced novel around a world you are sure to get
lost in. I found the ending to be a complete surprise and a few
things setup for maybe a series that is in the works. Overall
this is the perfect young adult novel for anyone who is looking
for a different take on dystopian adventure.
Knowledge has always been the enemy of faith.
They said that the first generation of man was brought
low by its appetites: for knowledge, for power, for
wealth. They said mankindâ€™s voracity was so great, the
Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire and devastation
to the world.
The survivors were few, but over the course of centuries
they banded together to form a new civilizationâ€”the
Descendancyâ€”founded on the belief that the mistakes of
the past must never be repeated.
Brothers Clive and Clover Hamill, the sons of a well-
respected Descendant minister, have spent their lives
spreading that gospel. But when their traveling ministry
discovers a community intent on rediscovering the
blasphemous technologies of the past, a chain of events
will be set in motion that will pit city against cityâ€¦and
brother against brother.
Along with Gemma Poplin, Cliveâ€™s childhood sweetheart,
and Paz Dedios, a revolutionary who dreams of
overthrowing the Descendancy, Clive and Clover will each
play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this
holy war, and the fate of humanity itself.
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